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PAT-MK  Update  2019

The Trust  is pleased to announce two walks this year in support of the Heritage Open days in Milton Keynes

Links to the Eventbrite pages for both information and booking are as below.  ENJOY!!

Gyosei Art Trail walk 14th Sept. at 2pm

ROCLA Art Trail walk 15th Sept. at 2pm

The Trust is pleased to add the image below of the sculpture “Thoughts in a Banked Curve“  – 2015/16 – by Ekkehard Altenburger (Dipl. Akad. MA).

This wonderful sculpture was installed in the gardens of VW Financial Services in Milton Keynes.  -The commissioner was UK & European Investments.

To view more images of the sculpture click here

For a page describing the sculpture and a link to the blog on the creation of the 10 ton sculpture over nearly 18 months click here

Thoughts in a Banked Curve by Ekkehard Altenburger in 2015/6

“Thoughts in a Banked Curve” -2015/6 – Ekkehard Altenburger (Dipl. Akad. MA).

PAT-MK news March, 2019

The Trust is pleased to see that MK Gallery as re-opened today – 16th march 2019! See the links below.

The new new steel-framed structure adjoining and merging with the original building at MK Gallery. Photo courtesy of 6a architects.

The new new steel-framed structure adjoining and merging with the original building at MK Gallery. Photo courtesy of 6a architects.

PAT-MK News – January, 2019.

Bicycle Wall – by John Watson, 1978.


- The Public Arts Trust Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes has applied to Historic England (HE) for “listing” status on the national heritage list for this large ceramic artwork at risk in the Stantonbury area of Milton Keynes.

The application for listing reference number is – 1462712.

Aldi UK have applied to MK Council to seek planning permission demolish the building. The planning application number is – 18/01469/FUL

This artwork is site specific and is currently at risk due to the planned redevelopment of the Local Centre building.  The redevelopment proposes demolition of all of the buildings on the site.  This is a high-quality piece of community art and a rare example of local schoolchildren working with an artist upon a ceramic piece. The 1200 ceramic tiles within the composition are mounted on the gable end of the building in a roughly triangular shape. The building is about 8.2m high and with an approximate width of 17.5m.

Whilst the mural has been identified as being important, no meaningful artistic plan has yet (26th Jan 2019) been put forward by Aldi, the applicant, to both protect and conserve this “site specific” artwork other than a statement that it “will be removed carefully and retained for community use elsewhere”. The Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes sees that as touch naïve considering the extreme difficulty that would be encountered in safely removing and properly conserving the artwork. We, as do others in the arts world, consider the artwork would be best retained in the existing location and integrated into the plans for the site.

Ian Michie – Chairman PAT-MK – Jan 2019


ROCLA Art Trail – Two walks were organised by PAT-MK as part of Heritage Open Days 2018  (HODs) - Walkers were were able to meet three of the artists as they walked around the trail over the two days. – Sept 8th & 16th. Beverley Calverley, the Chair of the ROCLA Art Trail Project Board, walked round with Ian Michie – Chairman of PAT-MK.

 - A very successful pair of events with walkers from the local Redhouse Park area plus from across MK and beyond.

ROCLARedhouse Park Art Trail - Launched Sunday 2nd Sept 2018 at 2pm.

Update December 2018 - The Trust is please to provide a link to the creation of the “The Three Leaf ” sculpture by Ruth Moilliet.  – Thanks to James Heron for permission to add the link. 

Update September 2018 - the Public Arts Trust, MK – working with Great Linford Parish Council – sponsored a competition to win a bug similar to those installed as part of the ROCLA Art Trail.  The winner received their bug as part of the launch day ceremony.  Note – One more bug was available for a second draw at the end of September.  The entry detail was on the Great Linford Parish website page.   Please click through to a download link to the Bug Spotter sheet here  as the Bugs on lamposts remain part of the ROCLA Art Trail >

The second Bug was presented to the winner at the beginning of October.

The ROCLA Art Trail is in the Redhouse Park area, Milton Keynes. Three years of hard work by many people have lead to a variety of newly commissioned artworks & sculptures of various types.  These reflect nature, magic and location and were installed in late 2018. Each commission has a plaque that contains a QR code that takes you to the ROCLA Art Trail page on the Great Linford Parish website. Examples of some of the art.

PAT-MK trustees worked on the ROCLA Art Trail Project Board to help create this new Art Trail in North east MK. S106 monies from the Avant Homes residential development enabled 8 wonderful new artworks to be commissioned.

The Art Trail Launch was at 2pm Sunday 2nd Sept by the Cute Map in the Play Park, Rowditch Furlong, Redhouse Park, Milton Keynes. MK14 5FD. – Most of the artists were there on the dayROCLA - >Redhouse Park’s Own Collection of Lasting Art

For the  ROCLA Art Trail Brochure  either click through or copy and paste into your browser >

Cycloidal Form – by Keith McCarter

PAT-MK are pleased to announce that this wonderful 3 metre *3 metre stainless steel sculpture by Keith McCarter is now planned to be installed in CMK.  It will be installed over a new water feature at the entrance to the Hotel La Tour Hotel  development next to Campbell Park Milton Keynes.

As installed in the 80s in Docklands -

See link to images >

2MS Series No.1 sculpture – Bernard Schottlander

This now listed sculpture was the subject of  an action by MK Gallery to relocate the sculpture to Central MK as part of their City Club.  PAT-MK supported by Historic England staff; The PMSA and others managed to convince the owner to retain this sculpture in West Bletchley. It was originally sold as part of a package along with Sherwood House (Now Challenge House) in Sherwood Drive.

See BBC article and image about listing by Historic England >

See sculpture as in 2011 >

Equatorial Sundial – by Wendy Taylor – 1982

This wonderful sculpture by Wendy Taylor is now back home in Bletchley. Wendy is the sculptor behind the now listed OCTO in CMK.

Two years of hard work by PAT-MK trustees and MK Council – supported by local MP Iain Stewart, and others – have culminated in the sculpture being brought back to Bletchley.

As installed at Telephone Rentals in 1982 –

As seen in Bletchley in 2011 -

As seen over time from 2015 onwards -

Wendy Taylor Artworks and MK -

Deucalion and Pyrrha’s Children – by Tsugumi Ota

These three travertine sculptures, by the renowned Japanese Artist Tsugumi Ota, are located in Silbury Arcade, the centre:mk  shopping centre, Central Milton Keynes, 24 Silbury Arcade, Milton Keynes MK9 3ES.

The sculptures are by the Japanese artist – Tsugumi Ota. They were moved into centre:mk in October 2016 after being carefully conserved by Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes trustee – Ian Michie.

centre:mk is the new home for these sculptures as they were formally outdoors in the grounds of MK Hospital and suffered from the ravages of the british weather. The artist kindly donated this set of sculptures to the Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes (PAT-MK).

Images of the sculptures before conservation in the grounds of MK Hospital -

Images of the sculptures in the food centre car park after careful cleaning; polishing and waxing -

Images of the sculptures in Silbury Arcade, centre:mk adjacent to John Lewis centre:mk -

On the 17th July 2016 “The Gyosei Art Trail” was launched.

At 3pm on Sunday 17th the Gyosei Art Trail was formally launched.

Gyosei Art Trail commemorates the legacy of Gyosei International School UK. The Japanese co-educational boarding school and playing fields closed in 2002 and the site at Willen Park South was redeveloped as; Lovat Fields Village and a housing scheme.

The developer, Barratt Homes Northampton, was legally required to make a total Section 106 contribution of £3,802,833. Used to support bus services, education, a new rugby sports ground, canal path improvements, community facilities, develop new Parks Trust land, improve 3 play areas, and provide £60,000 for Public Art close to the site – The Gyosei Art Trail.

To view a great article and links to the artists see – the Celebrate MK article

Local residents made a great contribution by choosing the themes for the artworks – local wildlife, canal history and connections with Japan.

To see both the artworks on display and to find out details about the artists click here.

David Stabler - Lead Councillor Gyosei Art Trail and Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes trustee.


Unveiling of a memorial to Edna Read

A sculpture by the internationally recognised Scottish artist Ronald Rae is set to be unveiled as the memorial to Edna Read (1929-2012) at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK94AD. 

“Animals in War Memorial” will be unveiled by Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith CBE – the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Ronald donated this sculpture to the people of Milton Keynes as the permanent memorial to Edna Read.

The Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes working with partners Bletchley ParkThe Parks Trust and MK Council moved this large (6 ton) sculpture, as well as “War Veteran“, across Milton Keynes. See images of the move >>

Information about Edna (Text taken from The development of Public Art in Milton Keynes _ Edna Read

Obituary written By Bob Chaundy for the Times – Nov 2012. Edna Eguchi Read Obituary


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Past Exhibitions

14th September 2011 – Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition – thecentre:mk

Supported by  Kimbells solicitors – celebrating 25 years in Milton Keynes

Supported by thecentre:mk - shopping centre where choice is bliss 

The Public Arts Trust’s official launch coincided with an exhibition of sculpture in the North Mall of thecentre:mk. This ran from 14th September 2011 into 2012  for approximately 6 months and features artists whose work is displayed publically around Milton Keynes. It also introduces a number of sculptors who have work in exhibitions and collections around the world.

The exhibition was curated by Johann Bester of Bedford Street Gallery, Woburn – who can be contacted with any queries about sales of works.

Johann also is instrumental in creating the Woburn Artbeat art galley/ sculpture exhibition in Woburn and Woburn Abbey.

Artists who exhibited included:

John Brown, Frederic Chevarin ARBS, Len Gifford, Steven Gregory, Philip Jackson MA FRBS FRSA, Linda Johns, Robert Koenig, Jonathan Loxley, Tonderai Mashaya, Thomas Ostenberg, Peter Randall-Page, Michael Sandle RA, Helen Sinclair ARBS, Ray Smith, Paul Vanstone, Nicolas Moreton

Download prices for artworks which were on display: PAT-MK Exhibition price list

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